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Rani Ahilyabai Holkar Punyatithi - Death Anniversary of Rani Ahilyabai Holkar

Rani Ahilyabai Holkar Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar who was the fearless queen who ruled the MalwaKingdom in India. Rani Ahilyabai Holkar Punyatithi 2018 date is September 8. As per Gregorian calendar her death anniversary is on August 13 – She died on August 13, 1795.
Rani Ahilyabai Holkar lost her husband in the battle of Kumbher in 1754. In 1766 her father-in-law also died and then she became the Queen of Malwa kingdom. She personally led armies against enemies of her kingdom.

Perfect order and good Government prevailed and the people prospered during her 30-year-old rule.

Rani Ahilyabai Holkar is credited with rebuilding numerous shrines including the famous SomnathTemple in Gujarat which was plundered and destroyed by Muslim Invaders. She also built numerous ghats, sacred places, temples and ashrams throughout western and northern parts of India. Some of the temples that she has repaired include the Vishnupad Temple in Bihar and Kashi Viswanath Te…

Noli Nom Vrat in Gujarat in Shravan Month

Noli Nom Vrat is observed by childless couples during the Shravan month in Gujarat. Noli Nom 2018 date is August 19. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Gujarati Sawan month. The story that is listened to during Noli Nom Vrat is quite similar to the Sheetala Satam Vrat observed later in the same month.

On the Noli Nom day, the husband and wife fast from morning to evening. At night they take food together.

The Vrat is continued annually on the same day till the couple gets a child.

Nakula – fourth of the five Pandavas

Nakula is the fourth of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. He was the son of Madri, the second queen of King Pandu. Ashwini Kumars bestowed on him handsomeness. Nakula was an expert in medication and maintenance of horses.

Nakula was also an expert in the use of the sword and this earned him the title Athirathi.

During the Rajasuya Yajna performed by Yudhisthira in the Indraprastha, Nakula was deputed to conquer the kingdom in the west. He did this successfully and returned with camel-loads of wealth.

During the incognito year during the exile period in the Mahabharata, Nakula was appointed as the keeper of horses by King Virata. He helped King Virata defeat the Tigartas.

In the Mahabharata war, Nakula fought and defeated many of the great warriors on the Kaurava side.
After the war, Yudhisthira made Nakula the commander of the army of Hastinapura.

Adityesvara temple at Bokkasampalem village – Thondamanadu in Chitoor District in Andhra Pradesh – Kodandarameswara Temple

Adityesvara temple, also known as Kodandarameswara Temple, is a sepulchral temple raised over the corporeal remains of Chola King Adiya by his son Parantaka. The shrine is located at Bokkasampalem village – Thondamanadu in Chitoor District in Andhra Pradesh and is around 7 km from Sri Kalahasti. The shrine was built during the 10th century AD.

Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Kodandarameswara and Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Kamakshi Devi. The main Shivling is nearly 5 feet tall.

The temple faces west and an intricately sculpted Nandi faces the sanctum sanctorum.

The main temple consists of a porch, a narrow antarala and garbhagriha. The wall of the sanctum sanctorum and antarala are plain. Each wall has a devakoshta housing a deity.

The niche in the north wall of the garbhagriha contains the image of standing Brahma.

The koshta in the west wall contains the figure of standing Vishnu, while the koshta in the south wall contains the image of Dakshinamurti.

The koshta in the …

Teachings from Mandukya Upanishad – Madhwa Bhashya

Vedas have designated Brahman by OM – the imperishable letter.

Brahman is the absolute, past and future and all pervading and controlling.

Parabrahman never undergoes any type of modification with the passage of time. Parabrahman ever remains the same.

Atma is present in all beings. It regulates all. As per Madhwa Bhashya, Atma refers to God residing in the individual soul.
Only liberated souls realize Paramatma. Paramatman removes erroneous knowledge and puts an end to the cycle of birth and death.

Mandukya Upanishad – Madhwa Bhashya